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Ceropegia sandersonii (Parachute Plant)


Scientific Name

Ceropegia sandersonii Decne. ex Hook.f.

Common Names

Parachute Plant, Parachute Flower, Fountain Flower, Umbrella Plant, Umbrella Flower, Sanderson's Ceropegia, Giant Ceropegia, Windowed Flowers


Ceropegia monteiroae, Ceropegia sandersoniae

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Ceropegia


Ceropegia sandersonii is a succulent plant with twining stems that bear heart-shaped leaves. Solitary flowers are green, parachute-shaped with a funnel-shaped, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long tube. They appear in summer and fall.

Ceropegia sandersonii (Parachute Plant)

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USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

A gritty compost is suitable, and clay pots help with drainage, especially for the species with white thickened roots, which are the most susceptible to rotting, and for species that form large tubers. Ceropegias appreciate water and a little fertilizer during warm weather, although some watering care is required for the more delicate species. The vine-like species can suffer from prolonged drought.

Typically, many of these species grow and climb naturally among bushes, which provide shade and humidity to the base, while the vegetative growth is in the light. Where tubers occur, they are best planted on the compost's surface, and the vegetative growth allowed to twine around supports or trail down from a hanging pot. The latter mode of growth has the advantage of not using valuable bench space. Small tubers formed at joints in the thin stems of some species can be used for propagation. If the tuber rots or dries out, don't panic. As long as some of the top growth is still in reasonable condition, it may be possible to save the plant by re-rooting stems in damp gravel.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Ceropegia.


Ceropegia sandersonii is native to Mozambique, South Africa, and Swaziland.


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